1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Cheap and cheerful, with bags of character and kit for the cash!
Digital dashboard failed - they're expensive, but can still be sourced through scrapyards (check not just sender unit (much cheaper) rather than faulty display).
Starter motor solenoid.
Front calipers seized.
All locks inoperable other than drivers door.
Leak in spare tyre well.
Lackluster carb response, and any incline requires an effort to stay at motorway speeds.
Quirky digital dashboard, but amusing in the dark - particularly useful to know exact speed given number of speed cameras in the UK!
Excellent road handling for an old car, comfortable and hardwearing interior.
Very economical if driven sensibly, averaging 42mpg at 70, push it to 80mph and it tumbles 30mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2002